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  • Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.

    While Kinshasa, the DRC capital city declared the first case in the country on march 8th, a big number of rumors about Covid cases had been spreading for days on social media.
    Many currents happened in the community:

    1. The non believers: with all the time news were being declared fake, the population started more and more to believe that the sickness in all was a hoax and misinformation helped this out. These ones are the ones that constitute the biggest threat because they shall not care about any safety measure exposing themselves and others. Unfortunately some work in strategic places like ports and airports. The first cases that were reported in the country were due to some official who violated safety measures and let people in without checking because for them "these are simply useless formalities meant to bore people and threaten people".
    2. The conspirationists : a group of people argued that some corrupted members of the government in collusion with some health authorities wanted the disease to enter in Congo so that they could have access to money that they pretended WHO was ready to give as aid to the country so to fight the outbreak. They referred to what was observed back in 2018, 2019 with the Ebola outbreak in the province of Nord-Kivu around Beni. Many fraudulent practices were reported implying authorities as higher as the minister of health of then. The latter, Dr Oly ILUNGA eventually got pursued by local justice and one of the heaviest judgement against a politician on march 23rd. These people admit the desease is present but they argue that it could not enter the country, the only reason it did is because people who are invested of credit to keep it out let it in for personal interest.
    3. The paranoids: these are the people who might die of fear before even the desease is declared in the country. They become a danger to tehmselves and to the whole community. I think information could these people understand that it is possible to win this battle.
      If the community is not well taken in charge the risks will be climbing every day. It is thus imperious to come up with response methods that take into consideration community engagement.
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  • @McGustav said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    While Kinshasa, the DRC capital city declared the first case in the country on march 8th, a big number of rumors about Covid cases had been spreading for days on social media.
    Many currents happened in the community:

    1. The non believers: with all the time news were being declared fake, the population started more and more to believe that the sickness in all was a hoax and misinformation helped this out. These ones are the ones that constitute the biggest threat because they shall not care about any safety measure exposing themselves and others. Unfortunately some work in strategic places like ports and airports. The first cases that were reported in the country were due to some official who violated safety measures and let people in without checking because for them "these are simply useless formalities meant to bore people and threaten people".
    2. The conspirationists : a group of people argued that some corrupted members of the government in collusion with some health authorities wanted the disease to enter in Congo so that they could have access to money that they pretended WHO was ready to give as aid to the country so to fight the outbreak. They referred to what was observed back in 2018, 2019 with the Ebola outbreak in the province of Nord-Kivu around Beni. Many fraudulent practices were reported implying authorities as higher as the minister of health of then. The latter, Dr Oly ILUNGA eventually got pursued by local justice and one of the heaviest judgement against a politician on march 23rd. These people admit the desease is present but they argue that it could not enter the country, the only reason it did is because people who are invested of credit to keep it out let it in for personal interest.
    3. The paranoids: these are the people who might die of fear before even the desease is declared in the country. They become a danger to tehmselves and to the whole community. I think information could these people understand that it is possible to win this battle.
      If the community is not well taken in charge the risks will be climbing every day. It is thus imperious to come up with response methods that take into consideration community engagement.

    That's interesting, @McGustav, thank you so much for sharing. Do you know of any resources or organizations providing assistance in Kinshasa?

    M
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  • @Mark_G said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    @McGustav said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    While Kinshasa, the DRC capital city declared the first case in the country on march 8th, a big number of rumors about Covid cases had been spreading for days on social media.
    Many currents happened in the community:

    1. The non believers: with all the time news were being declared fake, the population started more and more to believe that the sickness in all was a hoax and misinformation helped this out. These ones are the ones that constitute the biggest threat because they shall not care about any safety measure exposing themselves and others. Unfortunately some work in strategic places like ports and airports. The first cases that were reported in the country were due to some official who violated safety measures and let people in without checking because for them "these are simply useless formalities meant to bore people and threaten people".
    2. The conspirationists : a group of people argued that some corrupted members of the government in collusion with some health authorities wanted the disease to enter in Congo so that they could have access to money that they pretended WHO was ready to give as aid to the country so to fight the outbreak. They referred to what was observed back in 2018, 2019 with the Ebola outbreak in the province of Nord-Kivu around Beni. Many fraudulent practices were reported implying authorities as higher as the minister of health of then. The latter, Dr Oly ILUNGA eventually got pursued by local justice and one of the heaviest judgement against a politician on march 23rd. These people admit the desease is present but they argue that it could not enter the country, the only reason it did is because people who are invested of credit to keep it out let it in for personal interest.
    3. The paranoids: these are the people who might die of fear before even the desease is declared in the country. They become a danger to tehmselves and to the whole community. I think information could these people understand that it is possible to win this battle.
      If the community is not well taken in charge the risks will be climbing every day. It is thus imperious to come up with response methods that take into consideration community engagement.

    That's interesting, @McGustav, thank you so much for sharing. Do you know of any resources or organizations providing assistance in Kinshasa?

    As of today, WHO and UNICEF are present in Kinshasa working with the government to counter the epidemic expansion. They have a serious issue with communication (quite weak persuasion and lacking consistency in leadership and content) and as the direct consequence comes community engagement. Still most of the structrues that were involved with the Ebola Response broad program are still operating here, there are enough organizations but there is that lack of coordination.

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  • @McGustav said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    @Mark_G said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    @McGustav said in Panic that precedes Covid19 is way dangerous, it makes plans to counter it almost impossible.:

    While Kinshasa, the DRC capital city declared the first case in the country on march 8th, a big number of rumors about Covid cases had been spreading for days on social media.
    Many currents happened in the community:

    1. The non believers: with all the time news were being declared fake, the population started more and more to believe that the sickness in all was a hoax and misinformation helped this out. These ones are the ones that constitute the biggest threat because they shall not care about any safety measure exposing themselves and others. Unfortunately some work in strategic places like ports and airports. The first cases that were reported in the country were due to some official who violated safety measures and let people in without checking because for them "these are simply useless formalities meant to bore people and threaten people".
    2. The conspirationists : a group of people argued that some corrupted members of the government in collusion with some health authorities wanted the disease to enter in Congo so that they could have access to money that they pretended WHO was ready to give as aid to the country so to fight the outbreak. They referred to what was observed back in 2018, 2019 with the Ebola outbreak in the province of Nord-Kivu around Beni. Many fraudulent practices were reported implying authorities as higher as the minister of health of then. The latter, Dr Oly ILUNGA eventually got pursued by local justice and one of the heaviest judgement against a politician on march 23rd. These people admit the desease is present but they argue that it could not enter the country, the only reason it did is because people who are invested of credit to keep it out let it in for personal interest.
    3. The paranoids: these are the people who might die of fear before even the desease is declared in the country. They become a danger to tehmselves and to the whole community. I think information could these people understand that it is possible to win this battle.
      If the community is not well taken in charge the risks will be climbing every day. It is thus imperious to come up with response methods that take into consideration community engagement.

    That's interesting, @McGustav, thank you so much for sharing. Do you know of any resources or organizations providing assistance in Kinshasa?

    As of today, WHO and UNICEF are present in Kinshasa working with the government to counter the epidemic expansion. They have a serious issue with communication (quite weak persuasion and lacking consistency in leadership and content) and as the direct consequence comes community engagement. Still most of the structrues that were involved with the Ebola Response broad program are still operating here, there are enough organizations but there is that lack of coordination.

    Thanks for sharing @McGustav, stay safe! Please continue to update us with any resources or questions or insight you might have.

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